INDIANAPOLIS — The Hoosier Salon 89th Annual Exhibition is open down in Indianapolis and, this year, local artwork is on display.
Stephen McIntire, of Lowell, is among the 114 artists to be selected for the Hoosier Salon. This is McIntire's first piece to be selected in the annual juried exhibition.
The piece of art selected is a hand-painted block print entitled "Patience". He created the piece earlier this year.
"It is a self-portrait," McIntire said. "The title "Patience" describes the scene."
The exhibition is being held at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis. McIntire said he went down to see his piece on display at the reception in early August.
McIntire, who is a farmer, said art is a hobby for him, and recently, the hand-painted block prints are his medium of choice.
He said he has been creating artistic work for more than 50 years.
The Hoosier Salon is not the first art exhibition in which McIntire has been selected. He said he participated in the Northern Indiana Art Association Salon a few years ago.
McIntire said he is honored by the "prestige of being selected." Another perk, he said, is the chance to display some of his other pieces of art at other galleries around Indiana.
The Hoosier Salon has three galleries: the Broad Ripple Gallery in Indianapolis, the New Harmony Gallery in New Harmony, Ind., and the Wabash Gallery in Wabash, Ind. Once selected in the salon, the artists have a chance to display their work at all of these three galleries.
McIntire said he may choose to display some more of his work in those galleries, but he has not decided which pieces or when he will display them.
When the exhibition closes, selected pieces from the show will go on tour throughout the state. McIntire is not sure if his piece will be included yet.
The first Hoosier Salon exhibition opened in 1925 at Marshall Field's and Company Galleries in Chicago.
According to the Salon, a group called Daughters of Indiana created the exhibition as a way to prove that Indiana artists deserved national recognition. Artists included in the inaugural exhibition included T.C. Steele, J. Ottis Adams, Eugene Savage and William Forsyth. The exhibition has continued every year since then.
The exhibition moved to Indianapolis in 1941. The sponsoring organization is now known as Hoosier Salon Patrons Association.
The exhibition lasts through Sept. 28. For more information visit hoosiersalon.org.